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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2"

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This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look. Lowest Prices for the best trailer hitch from etrailer. etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" part number e98851 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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etrailer Trailer Hitch - e98851

  • etrailer
  • Class III
  • 2 Inch Hitch
  • 3500 lbs GTW
  • Concealed Cross Tube
  • 5000 lbs WD GTW
  • 350 lbs TW
  • Custom Fit Hitch
  • 500 lbs WD TW

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.


Features:

  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your vehicle
  • Precision, robotic welding maximizes strength and improves fit
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer
  • Matte black powder coat finish over protective base coat offers superior rust resistance
  • Sturdy, square-tube design
  • Ball mount, pin and clip sold separately
  • Made in the USA
    • Mounting hardware may be imported


Specs:

  • Receiver opening: 2" x 2"
  • Rating: Class III
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 3,500 lbs
      • Maximum GTW when used with weight distribution: 5,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 350 lbs
      • Maximum TW when used with weight distribution: 500 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty


Rugged, Matte Black Finish

The sturdy steel construction is protected with a matte black finish for added durability. This unique powder coating gives etrailer hitches a carbide-like appearance and a rugged look that sets them apart from traditional glossy hitches. In addition to being rust and corrosion resistant, the tough matte coating hides dirt, scuffs, and dings better than a glossy finish.


Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

Matte Carbide Finish vs Glossy Finish

etrailer Technical Support

At etrailer we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



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etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" - e98851

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (338 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded trailer hitch receiver bolts onto your vehicle's frame with no welding required. Matte black, powder coated steel is durable and corrosion resistant and creates a rugged look.

- e98851
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2005 Honda Pilot

Lives up to expectations! I recently purchased a used 2005 Honda Pilot EX. After talking with the dealer about adding a hitch, I decided this was an easy DIY project. I surfed the web and found this hitch and saved roughly $200 (including labor) by purchasing it from eTrailer and doing the install myself. This website provided step by step video instructions and made the job go much easier. The install took roughly an hour. My only issue involved the wrong bolts for the middle support. The parts list says these should be M8 1.25 x 35 - which were shipped with the hitch. However the installation steps mentions M10 bolts. The M8's were too small and after a quick trip to the local nut and bolt shop, I found the proper M10 1.25 x 35 Hex Bolts and completed the job. The hitch looks great, fits like a glove and was simple to install with basic tools and knowledge. I will order from eTrailer again. 530238



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Awesome hitch! These people have great quality parts. I run a welding shop and have been in the metal trades for over 25yrs...I know quality fabrication when I see it and these are very well built and easy to install. Thank you! 666245



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Honda Pilot

This is the first hitch I've ever purchased. It took my father in law and me about 2.5 hours to attach the hitch, but we failed the appreciate the necessity of cleaning out and re-tapping the threads on the underside of the Pilot before attaching the hitch. If you take the time to re-thread the holes, the process to attach might take 30 minutes. I recommend using a partner as the hitch is relatively heavy to lift by oneself. 533750



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2006 Honda Pilot

I didn't want to have to put a trailer hitch on my car, but after my wife suffered a stroke and now has a mobility scooter, I simply couldn't keep manhandling that heavy scooter in and out of the car, so we decided to get a scooter platform. I was also hoping this would be an easy-install because I'm not a mechanic by any definition. I was amazed at how fast this trailer hitch arrived at my home and was really pleased that it bolted up into place exactly as the online video demonstrated, despite the fact that I have a full-sized spare tire! I was really concerned that I'd have to go back to the factory-installed "doughnut" tire, but while things are a bit snug, it worked out just as I had hoped it would. This hitch was a PERFECT fit. **Important Note** MAKE SURE that you clean the bolt-holes out with a wire brush like they show you in the video and shoot some WD-40 or some other kind of lubricant into the holes and onto the bolts before installation. You also might want to try a mounting bolt in each hole before mounting. If you don't, you'll wish you did. FYI, once you remove the tow-hook from the drivers side, there won't be any room to replace it, so just put that thought out of your mind. 545109



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2004 Honda Pilot

Re: my 2004 Honda Pilot installation - No need for pictures - the video and video transcript provided at etrailer are quite adequate. Installation was easy - the hardest part was getting the spare tire back up under the vehicle. I didn't have a wire brush nor did I have a tap to clean out the mounting holes, but a little liquid wrench sprayed on the bolts cleaned out the holes nicely. If I encountered resistance, I just backed the bolt out and sprayed it again before having another go. The exhaust rubber mount removal works better if you leave them attached to the muffler side and just pop them off the vehicle pins. I put a jack stand under the exhaust pipe for support. I was even able to get the hitch up and bolted in without assistance by hanging one end of the hitch on the muffler pipes just long enough to get a bolt in the opposite side. Piece of cake. 530946



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Honda

Installation was a hassle My wife really liked the hidden design of the hitch. But, the hitch (especially the middle bracket) does prevent the temporary spare tire from fitting flush up against the underside of the vehicle. But, there is still room for the tire. I presume there is room for a full size spare as well, but didn't test it. Since the Honda Factory trailer hitch also uses a center bumper bracket, I suspect this hitch doesn't take up any more room than the factory hitch. The installation probably would have taken about 1 hour. Having some jack stands and someone to help hold the hitch against the frame while the bolts are started is a must. I spent and extra 30 minutes - a total of an hour and a half (befored giving up for the night) trying to get the final bolt installed. The threaded holes in the frame on the passenger side were clogged with years gunk...making it hard to get the bolts started. AND - apparently one of the holes has misformed threads as the bolt hung up before it was fully inserted. I backed it out and discovered that about 2 rows of threads were stripped in the middle of the bolt. The other five frame bolts (and the two bumper bolts) went it in and torqued properly. I haven't yet been able to find a proper sized tap (12mm metric with 1.25mm threads) to rethread the frame. (It is probably going to cost $30 to $80 to buy a tap & die set, if I can't find one to borrow.) But, that isn't a problem with the hitch or the hitch design. I recommend that after you remove the tow hook from the driver's side, you use one of those bolts to clear the threads of the frame holes on the passenger side - and to test if there is a problem with any of the hole threads w/o damaging the bolts that came with the frame. 530216



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Honda

Thank you for the informative video instructions as well as helpful / honest reviews to research prior to making the purchase. I do not have anything to add that has not been covered in the reviews. Here is a recap of my experience that has been consistent with others.1. Box was received with the driver side of the hitch pushed out. Only minor scratches which you can not see when installed and it did not impact the installation. Wrapping each end would probably be a good idea as stated in other reviews.2. Removing 14 years of rust was the hardest part of the install (from the passenger side holes). Total time was approximately 1 hour as others have experienced. I used the bolts from the factory tie hook to work out the rust using 1/2" round wire brush attached to a cordless drill along with a full can of WD-40.3. Installation of the hitch took about 30 minutes with assistance of a foot stool. 4. Plug-n-play electrical connector took about 10 minutes after watching the video.5. Perfect fitment, fast delivery, easy website ordering experience and follow-up status notifications, and I can not be more pleased with the cost being under $200 for a DIY project. I required this setup to tow a ~1,000 lb motorcycle trailer with a ~1,000 lb motorcycle next week and my Honda has a 3,500 lb towing capacity.Thank you etrailer.com! 533338



- e98851
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2005 Honda Pilot

Hi, this is my completely honest review about the towing hitch for my 2005 Honda Pilot. Customer Service, Chedi was a lot of help and sold me the hitch needed for my car and gave all info needed about this hitch and installation and he also followed up on the shipping details. Thanks so much for the great customer service.Shipping, The hitch was supposed to arrive Wednesday at the end of the day instead it arrived on Monday night two days earlier. I ordered it Friday afternoon.The Hitch, Like other customers have written here my hitch also perforated the cardboard box, but as i opened the box i noticed that there was no damage to the hitch where it had gone through the box. The hitch however came with a chip about a 1/4" in size, but i doubt this happened during shipping it seems to me like this hitch came chipped from the factory.Installation, It took a friend of mine and myself no more than 25 minutes total. I also didn't have to remove the exhaust, but i did have to remove the spare tire. If you follow the instructions and gather all the tools needed you should not need to spend more than 30 minutes installing this hitch with the help of another person.Over all i am extremely happy with this transaction in all aspects.Thanks so much Chedi and etrailer.com 533499



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Hitch fit perfectly. Its heavy so its a little bit of a chore to lift it up and get a bolt started so be prepared for that or get a second person. Eitherway it was installed by myself in 45 min. I did have to clean threads on some of the holes in the car frame with one bolt that I cut several groves in the bolt end threads with a dremel, 90 degrees to threads. The cut groves wernt very long so when bolts were tightened down the groves were not part of thread joint. I used oil, too. I also did tighten bolts until all bolts were in place. I had to move one muffler rubber support out of the way and pry down muffler slightly to get it in place. Welds are well done and finish seems nice. No problems with packaging. Light adapter was a perfect fit after figuring out which frame plugs to remove to get wiring down to hitch. 548098



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Honda Pilot

Easy install. No need to be a pro. I called a local shop to install a hitch. Just labor alone was over $200. Why pay that much when all you need to know how to do is turn a wrench. If you can turn a wrench you can put a bolt in the screw hole. That's as simple as it was to install this hitch. No need to lower your exhaust. Only thing I didn't have was a torque wrench. So I went down to my local tire center and torqued down the nuts. One suggestion is to make sure the holes are clean and you don't even need to remove the spare tire completely. Just loosen it enough to move it out of the way. Love how low profile it looks on my pilot. No bulkiness here. But don't underestimate the looks. This thing is built to last. I dont tow any huge boats or trailers but I do have the capability now. Awesome price and easy to install yourself. Worth it! 532354



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2004 Honda Pilot

Excellent sturdy construction and fit great! Fairly easy one-person install. Great videos on installations! 853614



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Nicely fits my 2007 Honda Pilot. Super fast shipping. 852222



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Excellent quality build, super fast shipping, great product! 852194



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Fit and works well. Retapping the frame holes in the car before you begin will make this much simpler. 847515



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Fit perfect. Came with all the bolts and washers needed. The video to install was spot on. The spare tire would click and not lower. If you tap the shaft that you turn (Counter clockwise) a few times it will grab in the gear box allowing it to work properly. 826000



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2007 Honda Pilot

Fit perfectly to our Honda Pilot 2007. Can’t wait to go camping 821854



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2004 Honda Pilot

It fit my 04 Honda Pilot perfectly... Im very happy with this product. If have the tools it will be very easy to install. 819230



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This was great easy to install the video was a good motivator and the part went on without an issue. would recommend. 811346



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Great product and THE BEST SERVICE! 792035



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Love it. No issues after a year. 789677



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2007 Honda Pilot

Amazing tow hitch. Quality, heavy duty and easy install. The process from ordering online with your convenient website, to the install videos, and then receiving the product was great! Installed right on to the undercarriage, with no issues! The install was also very easy with a helping hand, some WD-40 (because of the rust on my wife’s 2007 Honda Pilot) , and pneumatic tools. Thanks etrailer.com!! Shout out to George and Carol for your emails! 769435



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Perfect fit and impressive quality. Could not be happier! 767615



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I just received this item and haven't had it installed yet. My mechanic is going to get to it next week and then we will see if it fits OK and I am sure it will. The hitch is heavy and rugged, so it should do just fine. 764857



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Toyota Tacoma

This product is working great on my Tacoma, it took a little bit of work to install, but after a little bit of sweating it's working great. 749810



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Everything bolted right up as advertised. Very durable n great delivery. Would I buy other products from them yes absolutely. 749775


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Ask the Experts about this etrailer Trailer Hitch

  • What is the Ground Clearance for the etrailer Trailer Hitch for 2005 Honda Pilot
    It's going to vary a bit depending on whether or not your rear suspension is worn or not, but in most cases a 2005 Honda Pilot with the etrailer Trailer Hitch # e98851 will sit 16-3/8" from the bottom of the hitch to the ground. Because this hitch has a concealed cross tube design it will provide good ground clearance compared to a cross tube that is visible. This hitch has a durable, matte black powder coating that will stand up to corrosion extremely well and provides you with a 2" receiver...
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  • Trailer Hitch for 2018 Toyota Highlander
    We do have an etrailer hitch for your 2018 Toyota Highlander, part # e98844, which fits both the Hybrid and gas models. This installs without drilling and it fits with a full-size spare tire so long as it is on a steel rim. The linked installation video, instructions and help article will show you the mounting process. As you'll see in the linked photo this hitch has a very clean appearance once installed. The etrailer hitch # e98851 which fits the 2003 thru 2008 Honda Pilot does also...
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  • 2008 Honda Pilot Trailer Hitch and Wiring Recommendation
    For your 2008 Honda Pilot I recommend the etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver # e98851 because of its simple installation and superior finish. What sets this hitch apart is the tough matte coating hides dirt, scuffs, and dings better than a traditional glossy finish. One thing you'll be glad you picked up is a nylon tube brush # 814092. There's plenty of gunk and road debris that can build up inside your weld nuts over the years, so you'll want to make sure you spray a good amount of lubricant...
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  • Does Trailer Hitch Install for 2005 Honda Pilot EXL Require Lowering Exhaust
    Yes, the exhaust hangers of your 2005 Honda Pilot do need to get removed to install the etrailer.com hitch part # e98851 that you referenced (and all other hitches that would fit your vehicle). The entire exhaust does not need get removed though as it's just the rubber hangers that hold the exhaust at the rear of the vehicle. This is a very common step for installing hitches and is not overly difficult at all.
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  • Recommended Trailer Hitch Receiver Compatible with 2006 Honda Pilot 4WD
    The etrailer Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Matte Black Finish - Class III - 2" # e98851 is a fit for your 2006 Honda Pilot and the plate above the exhaust will not be removed or altered. It is an easy installation you can do yourself in around 60 minutes. I've attached the installation instructions to assist.
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  • Can Weight Distribution be Used With a 2006 Honda Pilot
    As long as the trailer hitch on your 2006 Honda Pilot is rated for weight distribution (WD), like the etrailer.com # e98851, then you can use it. We just have to make sure that you choose one that is best rated for your towing application. When looking into purchasing a WD system you want to find one with a Tongue Weight (TW) range that the Total Tongue Weight (TTW) of your towing setup falls in the middle of. To find the TTW of your towing setup you will need to add the TW of your fully...
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  • Different Ways To Carry An E-Bike On a 2004 Honda Pilot
    The only way to carry an e-bike on a vehicle is with a hitch mounted bike rack because none of the trunk mounted or roof mounted bike carriers can handle the weight of this type of bike even if only one bike is carried. That said, the installation of a trailer hitch is very easy for most vehicles and they rarely require any permanent modifications. The other major advantage that the trailer hitch option has over a trunk mount or roof mount bike rack is that you can use the trailer hitch...
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